Chinese staff show the newly issued snake stamp at the Post Office Philatelic Company in Hangzhou, east Chinas Zhejiang province, 3 January 2013. The zodiac stamp for the upcoming Year of Snake will be put on sale at local post offices starting at 6:30am tomorrow (5 January 2013). The stamp has a face value of 1.20 yuan (19 US cents). Stamp lovers can buy the stamp and stamp booklet worth 9.60 yuan at 82 post offices in the city. Snake is the sixth in the 12 Chinese Zodiac signs. The stamp features a colorful snake holding a golden pearl in its mouth. It has a pink peony on the head signifying riches and honor. Its body carries the peach blossom, lotus, chrysanthemum and plum blossom, each representing one of the four seasons. Its tail is in the shape of ganoderma, a mushroom that is auspicious in China.
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